Erin Hodson, Work Based Learning Coordinator
direct line: (661) 396-4430 fax line: (661) 397-4593
“By narrowing the gap between theory and practice, Work–Based Learning (WBL) creates meaning for students. WBL provides opportunities for students to learn a variety of skills through rigorous academic preparation with hands-on career development experiences .” – USOE
WBL, along with Project Based Learning and the more traditional learning modalities, are important components of Career Technical Education (CTE). CTE aims to prepare students for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context. Think of CTE as the former VocEd shop classes, but reimagined for the 21st century workplace.
The Kern High School District is actively seeking input from local business people wishing to lend their expertise and knowledge to help us better prepare tomorrow’s workforce. From time to time, this guidance might be in the form of:
In short, by partnering with the district’s CTE Work Based Learning initiatives, you can have a direct impact on improving the local entry-level job applicant pool by giving students the technical skills and work maturity necessary to succeed.
Erin Hodson is your point of first contact. As the Work Based Learning Coordinator for KHSD, she serves as the liaison between the local business partners and KHSD’s 150+ CTE instructors. She will be happy to discuss your areas of expertise and availability, and then help connect you to the programs, teachers, and students who could best benefit from your knowledge.
Also explore the district's CTE website, KernHighNow.org. There you will learn of the over 400 CTE programs offered at Kern High School District, organized by both school and industry sector.